Thursday, October 09, 2008
Former President Bill Clinton to campaign in Roanoke
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From The Roanoke Times
Former President Bill Clinton will visit Roanoke on Sunday, one of two Virginia campaign stops he will make that day for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Full details of Clinton's appearance in Roanoke, including the time and location, have not been disclosed. But the event will be free and open to the public, according to Obama's campaign.
Clinton also will campaign for Obama in Richmond on Sunday. Clinton will discuss Obama's economic and health care policies and his plan for ending the war in Iraq.
It will be Clinton's first Virginia campaign swing for Obama, who is waging an aggressive fight for the state's 13 electoral votes. Republican presidential candidate John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin will campaign in Virginia Beach on Monday. Palin also will make a solo campaign appearance in Richmond on Monday afternoon.
Clinton's role in the presidential campaign has been a source of speculation and debate since Obama won a divisive Democratic nominating battle with the former president's wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton.
The former president campaigned in Roanoke and elsewhere in Virginia for his wife before the state's Feb. 12 primary, including making an appearance at Virginia Tech on the weekend before the primary. Obama won the Virginia primary handily, but Hillary Clinton had strong support in much of Southwest Virginia.
Obama has made six trips to Virginia since June, including stops in Bristol and Lebanon.
-- Michael Sluss